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"The US Open is one of snowboarding's legendary events, and some of my best competition memories are of competing at
Vail, so for me, bringing the two together is all time," said
Shaun White. "I'm excited to compete in
Vail's new pipe and see everyone come out for the next evolution of this contest."
It all gets started on
Wednesday, February 27, with slopestyle semi-finals, which will be more exciting than ever now that slopestyle is an official sport at the 2014 Winter Olympics. At the US Open, the best slopestyle competitors in the world are confirmed to compete, including X-Games slopestyle gold medalist
Mark McMorris (CAN), 2012 Burton European Open (BEO) slopestyle winner Aleksander Oestreng (NOR), 2012 US Open slopestyle champ
Sebastien Toutant (CAN), and World Snowboard Tour overall title holder Stale Sandbech (NOR), among others. The women's line-up is equally impressive, with X Games gold medalist and 2012 US Open slopestyle champion
Jamie Anderson (
USA), 2012 X Games gold medalist Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), Olympian Kjersti Ostgaard Buaas (NOR), three-time BEO Junior Jam winner
Ty Walker (
USA) and Cilka Sadar (SLO) all confirmed to compete.
Thursday, February 28, the legendary Burton US Open halfpipe semi-finals begin. The US Open halfpipe rider list is stacked with nine Olympians, including
Shaun White (
Louie Vito (
Greg Bretz (
Kazuhiro Kokubo (JPN),
Kelly Clark (
Elena Hight (
Hannah Teter (
USA), and Torah Bright (AUS). Also competing are World Snowboarding Championships gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI), Queralt Castellet (ESP), Peetu Piiroinen (FIN),
Christian Haller (SUI) and 14-year-old halfpipe phenom and 2013 X Games silver medalist
Ayumu Hirano (JPN).
Competitors and spectators alike will be in for an amazing week in
Vail where they can watch world-class, Olympic-level snowboarding competitions during the day in
Golden Peak and soon to be announced top music acts by night in Solaris – all for free. The entire event is open to the public with slopestyle finals taking place on
Friday, March 1st at
10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time) and halfpipe finals going down on
Saturday, March 2nd at
10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time).
If you can't make it to
Vail to experience the Burton US Open in person, check out live webcasts of the slopestyle semi-finals on
Wednesday, February 27th, halfpipe semi-finals on
Thursday, February 28th, slopestyle finals on
Friday, March 1st and halfpipe finals on
Saturday, March 2nd. And tune in to Universal Sports and NBCSN on
Friday, March 1st and
Saturday, March 2nd to watch the men's and women's finals live on TV.
For a full list of competitors, full broadcast and webcast schedule and more event details, head to
www.burton.com/USO and follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen.
A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 31
st edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Resorts, Mountain Dew®,
Town of Vail, Nokia,
Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, GoPro, G-SHOCK, Shiseido, Matador, Clif, Transworld, Snowboarder, Analog, Anon and the World Snowboard Tour.
About Burton In 1977,
Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his
Vermont barn and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton has played a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating groundbreaking products, supporting a team of top snowboarders and pushing resorts to allow snowboarding. Today, Burton designs and manufactures industry-leading products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle, including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering as well as year-round apparel, packs/bags and accessories. Privately held and owned by Jake and his wife, Burton President
Donna Carpenter, Burton's headquarters are in
Burlington, Vermont with offices in
California. For more information, visit
www.burton.com. Follow our line at:
twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboard on Instagram.
About MINIMINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.
About Vail MountainCelebrating its 50
th anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 season and coveted as the largest ski resort in
the United States with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain and seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles,
Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year and with more groomed terrain than anywhere on the planet, families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to the events, activities and festivals, the shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of
Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations,
Vail can still credibly lay claim to being a resort like nothing on earth